Friday, April 16, 2010

SKYWATCH Friday--French Embassy and Orthodox Cathedral

Wow, it's Friday already. Here's a zoomed-in shot of the three figures atop the French Embassy in Belgrade, built in 1930, which stands literally a stone's throw away from Kalemegdan Park. They represent 'liberté, égalité, and fraternité.' That's the steeple of Belgrade's Orthodox Cathedral in the background.

My Belgrade blogger buddy, Vlada, (whom I have not met!) was kind enough to send me an easy-to-use High Definition Resolution program that I used on this photo to dramatize it. I still prefer photos 'au naturel,' but for dull days like when I took this photo (when will they end?), enhancement comes in handy.

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21 comments:

James said...

That is a really fancy building. It's pretty fancy shot too. :)

Manang Kim said...

It's beautiful. I like the gold paint on top and the 3 angels in blue. Happy weekend!

SWF~Blue puffy sky

Sylvia K said...

Great shot for the day! Lovely, colorful building to light up the gray sky! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

Wonderful.
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Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful :)

Thérèse said...

A fun juxtaposition! It's always nice to try everything which exists even if we don't like it, so we know what people are talking about.

Gaelyn said...

That's a great capture Bibi. And I love the colorful flower header.

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful.
Dovidjenja..
Costas

Kcalpesh said...

Amazing shot! Gorgeous, Beautiful, Dramatic and also Spiritual!

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Tash said...

I like seeing all the details on the steeple. Wonderful juxtaposition of varying artwork.

Louis la Vache said...

Now that's a nice juxtaposition of shapes - great SWF post, Bibi!

LadyFi said...

Superb shot - love the glistening gold.

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

pretty fancy shot...when I was child and lived in my homecountry - Brasil- I had some pictures of the building in Belgrade and when I visited there, I ran to the buldings....hahahahahhah
love it....good remmebrances.

congrats and have a nice friday

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B SQUARED said...

Whatever you're doing, keep doing!

Jacob said...

It's interesting how a long lens will compress distance. At first glance I thought this was all one building...

I like the treatment, too. Sure brightens up that steeple. I see shutters on the steeple...I wonder if you can get up there from inside...

Daryl said...

the effect works well .. .adds drama to the scene ...

Irina said...

Your blog is a treasure. Both ways: greatest images and the idea to let people know Serbia better. I am in love with colors of your blog.

Virginia said...

I thought the dome was on the French Embassy and I was trés confused! Now I see. Like your "souped" up photo.
V

Alexa said...

Love these colors against the somber sky!

Leif Hagen said...

A grand photo indeed - love, love the colors! You should meet Vlada for coffee and treats and make it a blog posting! Dare ya! Challenge ya! Bet ya can't do it!
: - )

Kim said...

This is gorgeous. LE&F and the steeple both have a lovely patina. I would like to be opening those shutters and looking out at everything below. . .assuming they open and aren't just air vents :-).
Just today I did my first HDR from 3 bracketed shots I took last summer. Used Photoshop, but I'm not sure I did it correctly. Fun to see it at least worked in lining up all three shots. :-) Glad you had fun with the program your blog buddy sent. It looks very nice indeed.
-Kim